Alternative Energy Sought By Oil Refinery
There are a number of refineries in Iraq, and the security at the Al Doura refinery has improved. This is helping keep the refinery supplied with crude oil, which it needs to turn the crude oil into diesel and gasoline.
The refinery is one of the few bits of oil infrastructure that has survived the fall of Saddam. During the reign of Saddam Hussein most of the improvements and other necessary maintenance of areas such as crude oil production simply was not made, and the entire industry has fallen apart in Iraq. The Al Doura refinery is one of the few that are still in Iraq and operational.
The biggest threat to operations has been the interruption of crude oil. Breakdowns in the oil lines, thievery from local Iraqis desperately wanting to survive, and even attacks and sabotage from Insurgents and terror suspects has been a reoccurring issue.
But the Iraqi Security forces are working hard to keep sabotage out and the pipeline and refinery safe. It is working, and the refinery leadership is interested in trying to find alternative energy sources for Iraqi citizens, in addition to crude oil and petroleum products.
?We are kind of behind in finding and developing alternative energy sources, but we look to the future and anticipate finding different ways to ?go green<? said Dathar Al Hasan Taheen.
Al Hassan Taheen is the Directorate General Manager of Midland Refinery Company that works for the Iraqi Ministry of oil.